CLOTH & KIND Athens, GA & Ann Arbor, MI

Interview with Tami Ramsay & Krista Nye Schwartz of CLOTH & KIND

Introducing the next in our series of Designer Spotlights focusing on the group of top design experts who will be featured at AmericasMart’s Pantone Palette Exhibition…CLOTH & KIND! Tami and Krista, the creative team behind CLOTH & KIND, are based in Athens, GA and Ann Arbor, MI. Together, their design aesthetic is a unique confluence of the myriad of inspirations encountered in the world, other cultures, and the simplicity of their daily lives. REstyleSOURCE sat down for a brief Q&A with Tami and Krista, which will not only give our readers more info on these talented designers, but also what they can expect to see from their Pantone Palette vignette at AmericasMart Atlanta in January 2016…


“Our design aesthetic in three adjectives……Patinaed, Modern, Layered”

Photo c/o CLOTH & KIND

“We find endless inspiration in textiles, whether new or antique, both from small local artisanal sources and the farthest reaching corners of the globe.”

Serenbe Show HousePhoto c/o CLOTH & KIND (from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles)

CKSFThe inspiration behind CLOTH & KIND’s Pantone vignette?

We were drawn to Pantone’s Soft Focus palette and almost immediately envisioned an artist’s studio. We saw the beautiful chaos that such a space allows, and encourages, as a setting within which we could best bring these hues to life.

CK_Cambridge_KitchenPhoto c/o CLOTH & KIND

CK2Tell us more about what will go into your Pantone vignette! How did you decide which palette to build your design on? Which pieces are your favorites, and why? 

We built our vignette choices around what could be found in a young art collector’s study: Gorgeous abstracts, artisanal textiles, vintage rugs and art books. We imagined a beautiful mess, a place full of color and texture and natural elements with art books strewn about the space. We found many art-related pieces for our space at Golden OldiesGabby HomeGo HomeCurrey & Co. (see selections at left; chair by Go Home, lighting by Currey), and Palecek along with artwork from Codarus and Design Legacy and rugs for Eliko. Some of our favorites are the art pieces that instantly imbue a mood and vibe and those are Zoe Bios and Design Legacy. But we are thrilled to debut the two patterns from the new textile collection from Caroline Cecil Textiles that we had made in two of the Pantone colors that are in our palette.

CLOTH & KIND’s Favorite AmericasMart Showrooms?

Codarus | Go Home | Golden Oldies | Design Legacy | Palecek | Currey & Co. | Gabby Home | Aesthetic Movement | jdouglas

Designer Tips on shopping the market?

“Two Words: COMFY SHOES. Aside from that, a game plan so as to not wear yourself out wandering. We like to plan our days so that you can break down your hunt for furniture, lighting, rugs, art and accessories easily. You cannot cover all floors of all three buildings, nor do you need to, to find exactly what you are looking for.”

CK_Wilcox_DenPhoto c/o CLOTH & KIND

CKDRREstyleSOURCE Loves Local!

We are all about ‘loving local’—from designers and manufacturers right down to local brick & mortar shops and eateries! What are some of your favorite local places to visit when you’re in Atlanta?

Design shops: Bungalow Classic | Dixon Rye (seen at left) | Brick + Mortar | Peachtree Battle Antiques | Steve McKenzie’s

Eateries: Souper Jenny | JCT. Kitchen & Bar | Empire State South | Taqueria del Sol

Photo c/o CLOTH & KIND

“When it comes to design, keep it simple, not overly fussy. And always incorporate something handmade and textural like ceramics and, of course, fresh florals.”

CK_Cambridge_LivingRoomPhoto c/o CLOTH & KIND

CKbedTell us one thing that would make for a perfect evening at home…? Great dinner and conversation with friends outside in the garden on a warm spring night.

Who would CLOTH & KIND pick as a ‘dream client’, if you could choose anyone…? A client that wants you to really challenge and stretch their design sense so that together you collaboratively create a home that is full of history and heart, story and substance.

Serenbe Show House
Photo c/o CLOTH & KIND (from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.

— Mahatma Gandhi


Photo c/o CLOTH & KIND

Up Close & Personal with the Designers…

CKbothText or Phone Call? Text for quick response / Night Owl or Early Riser? EARLY risers / Yoga or Salsa Dancing? Power yoga / Home Cooked Meal or Fancy Restaurant? BOTH!!

Go for a Walk or Go for a Jog? Tami: RUN not Jog!! Krista: Jog / Luxury Hotel or Camping Trip? Luxury hotel / Kindle or Hardcover? Hardcover / Read the Book or See the Movie? Tami: Always read the book! Krista: Read the book, or sometimes even better… listen to the audiobook.


CLOTH & KIND's design philosophy is deeply rooted in Krista Nye Schwartz & Tami Ramsay's shared love of creating spaces that are warm, inviting, layered and infinitely livable. That philosophy, however, realizes its true potential when they are working with clients who are actively engaged in the creative process. Inspired collaboration is what they call it, and it's kind of magical. For residential & commercial clients, CLOTH & KIND offers full service, highly personalized interior design services. Krista & Tami are deeply involved in every project and engage their clients in an imaginative process to create spaces with history and heart, with story and substance.

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